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New Year’s Day has come and gone. Did you make any resolutions? Did you pledge to cut down on that unhealthy doughnut-a-day habit or resolve to revive the lost art of disco rollerskating?

If you’re like most of us, you won’t keep those resolutions — practical or ridiculous. Research shows that just 8 percent of people achieve the goals they set on New Year’s Day. Tough odds.

Here’s a better idea: Ditch your resolutions in favor of something more doable: one simple task to accomplish each month. Having a short ledger of easy projects mapped out on your calendar, with a place to put a check mark next to each when completed, is far more satisfying.

Ditch your resolutions in favor of something more doable:

one simple task to accomplish each month.

To help you get started, Walton Gas offers these ideas to save energy and stay safe in 2020. And we’ve included links to some previous blog posts so you can dig deeper into the subjects that most interest you. Best of all: No resolution is required.

JANUARY

Cut Your Energy Costs Day is Jan. 10. Celebrate by installing a programmable thermostat to save energy and reduce your heating bill.

FEBRUARY

Severe winter storms can occasionally result in prolonged power outages here in Georgia. Give your Valentine the gift of safety and security by installing a natural gas standby generator to ensure on-demand, dependable energy.

MARCH

Daylight Saving Time begins on March 8. Don’t forget to “spring forward” by checking and replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Replace any smoke alarms older than 10 years. Replace any CO alarms older than five years.

APRIL

Getting the urge to plant something? Go ahead and dig up a storm. Just be sure to pick up the phone and call 8-1-1 first.

MAY

Don’t get caught with your tongs down! Before the summer BBQ season heats up, inspect and clean your natural gas grill for safety and efficiency. Then, check out these tips and hacks to up your grilling game.

JUNE

June is National Safety Month. Watch this short video with your children to learn about the importance of natural gas safety in the home.

JULY

Every 15 seconds, a home is burglarized in the U.S. — mostly in July and August when many families go on vacation. Protect your home with a professionally monitored security system from EMC Security.

AUGUST

It’s the middle of hurricane season and winter storm season is getting closer, so get in the back-to-school spirit by educating yourself about how to prepare for an extended power outage. Check out this video from Walton EMC.

SEPTEMBER

Now’s the time to tackle maintenance tasks that will improve the performance, safety and efficiency of your natural gas appliances this winter. Use this handy checklist.

OCTOBER

Make an appointment to have your natural gas furnace serviced by a qualified technician. Change the air filter before turning the heater on, and remember to check it once a month throughout the winter.

NOVEMBER

Set your clocks back on Nov. 1, and remember to change the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors. Also, make sure vents for your gas appliances (fireplace, dryer, stove and furnace) are free and clear of tree leaves and other debris.

DECEMBER

Decking the halls for the holidays? Remember to keep holiday décor and other combustible items at least 3 feet from your natural gas fireplace.

ANYTIME

Save money by locking in a low fixed rate at Walton Gas. Learn More